Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Michelle Deasy


Michelle has led all Employability programs at QA Commons since 2019, working with colleges, universities, workforce development boards, and carceral institutions around the country.

Before joining QA Commons, Michelle served as Director of Organizational Strategy at the RP Group, a research-based organization focused on student success and equity in the California Community Colleges. As a consultant, she has authored a Labor Market and Career Pathways report for a community college in Oregon and served as a qualitative researcher on a  Talent Pathways Initiative report for a Workforce Development Board in Virginia. Prior to her work in the field of higher education, Michelle held corporate roles at Atlas Capital Advisors, Merrill Lynch, and Oracle Corporation. She has served on the boards of numerous education-focused non-profit organizations.


Michelle holds a BS in Development Sociology from Cornell University and an MA in Demography from UC Berkeley. She also earned a Higher Education Teaching certificate from the Harvard BOK Center for Teaching and Learning and completed Design Futures Training at the Institute for the Future.

Contact: michelle@theqacommons.org

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